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If Percy Harvin is traded, the Vikings need a receiver. If Percy Harvin isn't traded... the Vikings need a receiver.
The Minnesota Vikings have faced in-house turmoil with their star receiver Percy Harvin during the entire offseason amid reports that his relationship with head coach Leslie Frazier is still not very good. But do the Vikings really want to part with their only legitimate receiver?
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Harvin had 62 catches for 677 yards and in nine games for Minnesota last year, and those were still the leading totals on the team. Tight end Kyle Rudolph was second with 53 catches for 493 yards, while Michael Jenkins (40 catches for 449 yards) was second among wide receivers. That simply is not going to get it done next year, you wouldn't think.
So if they do decide to trade Harvin, they've got an even bigger hole on offense than what they already have with him. And they have a pretty serious need at wide receiver even with Harvin. So it makes perfect sense to mock Cal receiver Keenan Allen to the Vikings in the first round, which is what Rob Rang of CBS Sports did:
The MVP-caliber play of running back Adrian Peterson helped hide the fact that other than Percy Harvin (who led the team in catches despite playing in just nine games), the Vikings have few receivers who scare opposing defenses. Allen is a classic split-end with the size, physicality and mindset to perform well here immediately.
Allen is considered one of the top available wideouts this year and could turn into a number one receiver in the NFL. The only question if he went to Minnesota would be, is he gonna be doing it all alone?
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